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benjamin netanyahu. host: said arikat, this is a related twitter message on where we are after 10 years of war in iraq and afghanistan -- host: let me add, either way, what is the effect on the middle east specifically? guest: i spent five years in iraq as the u.n. spokesman, i got to know it intimately. let me tell you that iraq is a pretty much destroyed country. the constructed in many ways. physically and otherwise. there is no reconciliation. after 10 years of war in iraq we find that the country is more divided than ever. as we have seen from john kerry's visit today, the tensions between the united states and this government, not very cordial. imbued with a lot of tension. a lot coming back from the community of nations they have not really a implemented. i would say that it is all because of a constitution that failed the entire public at large. basically taking segments of society and addressing themselves to them. host: this unannounced trip that you just indicated in iraq, these officials with the president on his trip, the associated press pointed out that there were a serie
seen as a symbolic trip commodus twa's after benjamin netanyahu's coalition government was installed. symbolic trip coming just two days after benjamin netanyahu's coalition government was installed. >> this is barack obama's first visit here as president. no expense is being spent, and no amount of red, white, and -- no expense is being scared. three years ago, benjamin netanyahu publicly lectured president obama about the realities of middle eastern politics in his own office. the president looked on ashen face. spokesman are said to regard the other with suspicion, and despite recent efforts to dispel that perception, there is still no special chemistry. >> they had issues. i can recall the issues. there was some kind of tension between both sides, but even though they seem to say we must understand, we must remember, but behind personal feelings, there are interests. >> the state of the economy and social affairs was a big issue in the recent israeli elections. barack obama is likely to find a new israeli government less concerned about peace talks but very preoccupied about the
arriving this morning in tel aviv greeted by israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and israel president perez. this marks mr. obama's very first trip to israel since becoming president. nbc's chuck todd is traveling with the president and he has this report. >> reporter: the president started his day in israel with the tour of the iron dome, which is the missile defense system that the u.s. government has actually funded a large part of. >> united states of america stands with the state of israel because it is within our fundamental national security interest to stand with israel. it makes us both stronger. it makes us both more prosperous, and it makes the world a better place. >> reporter: the president's day is going to be heavy with meetings of israeli officials, the president, perez, prime minister netanyahu. the two of them will have a joint press conference where no doubt the lead topic news of the day in the region has to do with syria and chemical weapons. have they been used and who used them. israeli government officials confirming chemical weapons have been used. they are no
. speakingwe can go to -- directly after benjamin netanyahu. i feel we can go to mike. warm, friendly words between the two. one of the things obama was trying to overcome, the idea there was a strained relationship between the u.s. and israel. but indeed, yes. the third thing president obama said when he walked off the plane, it is a lovely day. and then hugs for benjamin netanyahu, shimon peres, setting the terms for a visit largely about repairing what has been a somewhat fractious relationship, certainly in obama's first term. the point of the visit largely to repair the relationship, create a better working conditions the to the two leaders. we heard and president obama's speech from a very important statement, saying he recognizes israel as the historic homeland of the jewish people. the cigna dickens is the american president recognizing pre-holocaust, giving absolute confirmation of israel's right to exist and also the historical basis on which the state of israel does exist. a very important statement from president obama, once again, setting the tone for what he hopes and what his
>> live from dw here in berlin, this is the "journal." >> barack obama and benjamin netanyahu reaffirm u.s.-israeli ties and stress a common stance against iran. >> bailout crisis meetings continue in cyprus as the central bank announces the banks will remain shut until next week. >> and from berlin to the himalayan kingdom of bhutan, we asked what makes people smile on the international day of happiness. it is a visit heavier on symbolism than on substance. president barack obama is in israel right now, where he has promised america's enduring support for the jewish state. he also stressed the need for peace. >> but obama is not expected to provide new initiatives or policy moves in the area of the middle east peace process, which is secondary to israeli leaders when compared to the possibility of a nuclear iran. president obama and prime minister netanyahu have given a press conference. we will talk to our jerusalem correspondent about that in a moment. >> but first, the israeli president said that president barack obama has a vision that can transform the middle east. the p
" reported benjamin netanyahu and mitt romney enjoyed a warm relationship. almost one year later, the israelis have given obama a medal. they appear to be on the same page on iran. >> diplomacy and sanctions have not stopped iran's nuclear programs. diplomacy and sanctions must be augmented by a clear and credible threat of military action. >> we will do what is necessary to prevent iran from getting the world's worst weapons. >> will this story have a happy ending? >> this story will not have a happy ending. what we saw this week was barack obama at his best, connecting with an audience, and he made a compelling case for the need for a two-state solution, the security of israel and the well- being of the region. >> charles? >> the emphasis has been on personality. what happened is obama changed his positions on the settlement and the peace process. he realized he made a terrible mistake in the first term. he insisted on a settlement freeze as a preconditio. it wrecked peace negotiations and stopped everything. he changed, went back and said in a startling statement that if you g
minister benjamin netanyahu welcomed president obama today, after netanyahu appeared to do everything he could during the presidential campaign to help mitt romney. >>> and ten years after the start of the iraq war the verdict is in on who was right and who was wrong about going to war in iraq. tonight, we salute those who were right. yes! one phillips' colon health probiotic cap each day helps defend against these digestive issues... with three strains of good bacteria. [ phillips' lady ] live the regular life. phillips'. [ female announcer ] stress sweat is different than ordinary sweat. it smells worse. get 4x the protection against stress sweat. introducing new secret clinical strength stress response scent. impact wool exports from new zealand, textile production in spain, and the use of medical technology in the u.s.? at t. rowe price, we understand the connections of a complex, global economy. it's just one reason over 75% of our mutual funds beat their 10-year lipper average. t. rowe price. invest with confidence. request a prospectus or summary prospectus with investment informa
minister benjamin netanyahu that it was good to get from congress. >> you only tease the ones you love. >> i see this visit as an opportunity. >> this trip is heavy on symbolism. >> what is he taking away. >> he and netanyahu had their differences. >> we know he was sort of a supporter of romney. >> netanyahu preferred romney over obama. >> trying to influence an american election. >> there's a lot of water under the bridge. >> i think it is absolutely outrageous. >> you only tease the ones you love. >> some republicans coil at the party plans for the future. >> i know what our principles are. >> the chairman is in the hot seat. >> i am looking to get into communities in the hundreds. >> show up any time. >> i know what our principles are. >> it is what you say and do when you get there matters most to people. >> our party believes marriage is between one man and one woman. >> they haven't changed their policies. >> house republicans tomorrow vote on the ryan budget. >> notorious paul ryan budget. >> putting out yet again a budget. >> an actual budget, political manifesto or long term
with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and president shimon peres. it will be followed with a return to israel for a teach at the jerusalem international convention center. the back and forth continues on friday to a trip of bethlehem and the west bank for a visit to the church and the nativity. that's the oldest operating christian church in the world. then back to israel to visit the yah vashem holocaust memorial and israel's national cemetery. >> the bonds between the united states and israel are unbreakable, and the commitment of the united states to the security of israel is iron clad. [ ♪ music ♪ ] >> michael: we're not sure to make that have video but hopefully our next guest does. with us to break down the ins and outs of the president's trip is janine zacharia. welcome back inside "the war room"." >> hi, how are you doing. >> michael: well what do president obama stops tell us about who the audience for this trip is? is it for american voters israeli political makers, iran, the arab? who is the audience. >> given that president obama is not running for re-election again
benjamin netanyahu was prime minister. and there was a lot of frustration there, and i describe that a little bit to explain the context with which, within which people were operating. hillary clinton is in a way back. he wasn't in the policy-making aspect of the white house back in the '90s, but she remembers what the interactions were like. rahm emanuel is back. he was by bill clinton's side not necessarily devising policy on the middle east either, but certainly an adviser. and now he's there with president obama, and it's sort of -- it sort of informs a little bit of the mood of needing to be bullish b and needing to be strong when it comes to dealing with benjamin netanyahu because everybody's been there before. and i had, um, you know, american officials tell me, you know, benjamin netanyahu thinks that he can, you know, wait this out until we leave, but, you know, we're going to be here longer than him. so we can just, you know, try to move the ball forward a little bit here and there until he's edged out of, you know, the political scene pause that's just the nature of p
, was in power in the 90s when benjamin netanyahu was primeman, and there -- prime minister, and there was a lot of frustration there which i used to explain the context in which people are operating. hillary clinton wasn't in the policymaking aspect of the white house back in the '9s but she remembers what the interactions were like. rahm emanuel is back. he was by bill clinton's side, certainly an adviser, and now he is there with president obama, and it sort of informs a little bit of the mood of needing to be bullish and needing to be strong when it comes to dealing with benjamin netanyahu, because everybody has been there before. i had american officials tell me benjamin netanyahu thinks he can wait this out until we leave, but we're going to be here longer than him. so we can just try to move the ball forward a little bit here and there until he is edged out of the political scene because that's just the nature of politics in israel. but benjamin netanyahu has just been re-elected. so there were a series of miscalculations. but i think that what i would like to remind people of is that the
will have several meetings and working dinner with newly re-elected prime minister benjamin netanyahu. of course, no secret that the relationship between these two leaders hasn't always been a warm one. besides discussing peace between israel and palestine what a-- oe of the other major topics is iran's nuclear program. the president encouraged their leaders to move toward peace. >> now is the time for the iranian government to take immediate and meaningful steps to reduce tensions and work toward an enduring, long-term settlement of the nuclear issue. >> i want to bring in matt welch editor-in-chief of "reason" magazine and mckay copins. good to see both of you. >> thank you so much. the white house managing expectations, matt. what do they want out of this trip? >> i think what obama is trying to do besides serially lower expectations is talk directly to the people of israel and the palestinian authority themselves. he is going to give a talk to an informal talk at a youth center in the west bank and a talk to israeli students. he thinks if he moves around the political structure he
concrete proposals to foster peace in the region when he meets with prime minister benjamin netanyahu. the trip is being seen as a chance for the two countries to mend fences. a new poll finds that only 10% of israelis view president obama favorably. something he will try to change on thursday when speaks directly to the israeli people. in an address to thousands of students in jerusalem. politico describes president obama's itinerary as symbolism on steroids. the president will view the dead sea scrolls, and lay wreaths at the burial sites and and inspect an anti-missile battery. meanwhile, the "los angeles times" reports that for its part, israel sees the president's trip as a rare opportunity to garner some good press and is rolling out the red carpet. 1,000 u.s. and israeli flags will be hung notice streets of jerusalem. netanyahu's government has given president obama's visit his own iphone app and and an official logo showing u.s. and israeli flags morphed into one. katty, an iphone app, but low expectations. >> we thought we had the special relationship. >> we thought that was
areas across the country. behind the scenes the conversations with simon perez and benjamin netanyahu the president and prime minister of this country of course will focus on the peace process and perhaps most significantly on the situation with iran. thomas? >> peter, thank you. here with us the former u.s. ambassador to morocco and also former white house middle east adviser and current president of arab tv. >> shalom, thomas. >> mark, good to have you here and especially as we talk about the president's trip. "the washington post" has outlined what this trip means from president obama to israel and it is a pretty daunting list. it is to reaffirm the u.s. commitment to israel, security talks about iran's nuclear weapons program, also israel's red line. discuss the movement of arms into the syrian rebel territory on the lebanon border. are the president and benjamin netanyahu likely to find common ground? as peter points out in such a short period of time? this is just a quick trip. >> there is no doubt, thomas, that they've had a very difficult personal relationship with each other.
, benjamin netanyahu. even if they put on a united front in public, as here in washington last year. >> they have fundamentally different views of how to advance peace in the area. the president started off by pressuring israel to make concessions, and israel, understandably, resisted and resented, and it has been like that for the last four years, unfortunately. >> israel looks to the u.s. to safeguard its very existence. republicans are quick to point out that while obama visited egypt during his first term, he never went to israel. they accuse the president of pandering more to the muslim world than to washington's key ally, but not all analysts agree. emma this administration has been a very close ally in terms of security cooperation, as well as strategic dialogue. the israelis and americans are very closely coordinated on important issues, although there are disagreements. >> obama will seek to resolve the peace process between israelis and palestinians during his visit, but back home in washington, very few people are expecting a breakthrough anytime soon. >> back to the midd
think he is right about this. it is also true that benjamin netanyahu is facing a different situation at home. he does not have the same kind of majority, came closer to losing than people thought he would. obama was reelected despite his attempts to prevent that. so, they both have an interest in getting something done. i think it is highly remote that anything will get done. the neighborhood has only gotten more dangerous. >> colby king? >> i thought it was important that he made the trip. ultimately, if there is going to be peace in the area it will have to come from those on the ground. the united states can not do it from the outside. george bush tried unsuccessfully. every president has tried and all failed because of the participants. >> what has changed? the settlements continue, but it is no longer number one on president obama's agenda. >> the president has acknowledged the mistake early on, but let's be frank, the relationship has changed. netanyahu embraced, endorsed and basically campaigned for mitt romney, who did not carry florida, which was supposed to be the cornersto
. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu says he believes that president obama is determined to keep iran from developing nuclear weapo weapons. he reiterated israel's determination to take military action necessary. the two leaders discussed reports about the use of chemical weapons in syria. crossing of president obama's red line. we have fox team coverage tonight. rosen looks at the iran issue but we begin with ed henry in jerusalem with worries over the deadly action in neighboring syria. hello, ed. >> reporter: good evening, bret. most significant with the president's strong tone throwing out the possibility of military action. he has issued the warpings before. >> talking tough in the first public comments that chemical weapons have been used in syria, president obama said the regime in damascus will be held accountable. >> when you start seeing weapons that can cause potential devastation and mass casualties, and you let that genie out of the bottle, then you are looking potentially at even more horrific scenes than we have already seen in syria. international community has to act
the palestinian authority, benjamin netanyahu, is real, we are seeing some movement that until this moment was basically dormant. , but nathan guttman expectations going in were pretty low. the president even said that he would use this trip to listen. what were the results? guest: the white house was result -- was wise to lower expectations. we are trying to listen to the sides. the president camera a message, that we've hill say. that from translate the practical measures? host: the president, crossing the border into the palestinian territory. here is what abbas had to say about -- here is what he said about the peace process. [video clip] >> the status quo is not really the status quo, the situation on the ground keeps changing into something harder to reach. i know that the palestinian people are frustrated. am of the same messages i conveying in israel is that we cannot give up. cannot give up on the search for peace, no matter how hard it is. as i said with the prime minister yesterday, we will continue to look for steps that willwhich blast in ps depend. -- will continue to look fo
and benjamin netanyahu. just in the past 24 hours, in fact, here's what the israeli embassy in d.c. released online. >> we welcome president obama to israel. to express our appreciation for what he has done for us. >> the bond between the united states and israel are unbreakable. and the commitment of the united states to the security of israel is iron clad. ♪ thank you for being a friend ♪ travel down the road and back again ♪ ♪ your heart is true ♪ thank you for being a friend ♪ >> so p.j., embassy of israel, you saw it there. some say it has a bit of a jib jab take to it. you can certainly get a tone of what the embassy of israel is trying to get across. what is a tone you expect that these two leaders want to get across to the world during this trip? >> well, i think there has been too much focus on the admitted tension in the relationship between the prime minister and the president. i think one of his objectives is be only to establish a mode us which operandi. they'll be serving two to four years. it is about reaslurring the israeli people that there is this significant bo
in jerusalem this afternoon. he spoke alongside benjamin netanyahu. just a day after both the syrian regime and the syrian rebels accused each other of deploying chemical weapons. now, so far u.s. officials say they have no evidence that those accusations are true on either side. but president obama says he is deeply skeptical that of any claim that the opposition rebels used chemical weapons at all. he did not say the same of the syrian regime. we have team fox cor-j tonight. first our chief white house correspondent ed henry who is traveling with the president in israel. it was notable today that the president seemed to walk right up to the line of threatening military action. >> shep, he certainly did, because the stakes are enormous tonight. all the way there in new york where you are. the u.n. security council tonight behind closed doors, ambassadors from around the world, went behind closed doors to discuss the syrian chemical weapons situation. as you noted, it also dominated here in jerusalem. the press conference the president had with the israeli prime minister. he made very clear
minister benjamin netanyahu is more interested in on the ground than a two-state solution. we shall wait and see if president barack obama, this great american, would invest serious political capital in brokering a peace settlement between two camps. >> and how interested are the palestinians and abbas in a two-state solution? i was reading this week. he was writing that this term work the-state solution, is a real fallacy. for many reasons, one of which is because palestinian authority does not actually want a two-state solution. abbas has written before that he would never recognize israel's authority. and as you know, i'm sure, two-state solutions have been brokered and offered, 1937, '47, 2000, 2008, all denied. on the part of the palestinian authority. so is obama's quest for a two-state solution naive? >> the palestinians have repeatedly stressed that they believe in a two-state solution. abbas, the palestinian leader has made it clear that a settlement must be based on a two-state solution. a secure and viable jewish state and a viable independent palestinian state. >> but israel
for dinner with prime minister benjamin netanyahu. just one more indication of the commitment of this administration to try to really revive the peace talks in this region. >> let's hope something fruitful comes from that. thank you very much peter alexander in amman, jordan. >>> the president also focused on gun control today in his weekly address this morning. he's urging congress to hold a vote on several proposed measures which include making it harder for criminals and people with severe mental illness from getting their hands on guns. and reinstating a ban on military-style assault weapons. >> -- shouldn't be controversial. they're commonsense. they're supported by a majority of the american people. and i urge the senate and the house to give each of them a vote. >> meantime, while you slept, the senate was working. in fact, passing its first budget in four years during an all-night session being called a voter-ama. the nonbinding blueprint passed by a near party vote, the senate spent several hours taking up dozens of amendments. >> 35 amendments. we've done 70, twice a
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that benjamin netanyahu wants to act. i think he wants to make iran in large part our responsibility because it is, in our interests, to prevent iran from acquiring not just the weapons but the capacity to produce the weapon. so i think, for a war-time president who frankly has done more at least to extricate america from two wars it could not possibly win where the standard for victory was never, could we win but when could we leave i think it is unfair to prejudge him so early on. jon: ambassador bolton, take on some of those points. >> well, it is not prejudging him. look what he has done in his first four years. he is so desperate to avoid using military force that we have on the table right now, the latest in a long succession of diplomatic offers to iran which if the iranians simply milk a little bit more out of the europeans and the white house, i think there will be prepared to accept, that will in effect legitimatize the iranian nuclear weapons program. it will legitimatize their uranium enrichment, contrary to six years of u.n. security council sanctions, we have a position that is
symbolic two-day trip to the region. after being greeted by israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and shimon perez at the airport, he held a private meeting with the recently re-elected netanyahu. the two then held a joint press conference where the three major topics werecy conflict in syria iran's pursuit of nuclear weapon and restarting the floundering israeli-palestinian peace process. today both obama and netanyahu expressed agreement with the about the need of new efforts on the two-state solution. >> so let me be clear. israel remains fully committed to peace and to the solution of two states for two people. >> an central element of lasting peace must be a strong and secure jewish state where israel's security concerns are met, along side a sovereign and independent palestinian state. >> john: which a now has been america's stated view for almost 20 years. joining us now to discuss day one of beam's israeli trip is comedian writer maysoon zayid and chief in the forward jane eisner. thankthank you fordowning us tonight. i was inspired by this. any time we get to talk about p
, what we saw here today at the press conference was benjamin netanyahu moving much closer to the president's position on this. there has been tension on this. he sees the threat of iran in a much more immediate way. he is trying to pull the united states to his view. that lecture in the oval office. i think what we saw today is a prime minister that recognizes that the president has been reelected and that it's in his interest to ease the tensions ayon i was in israel, syria, as much of a problem as the nuclear program is, the most immediate threat was syria. >> the fog of war, having covered the 12 wars, is always difficult in those initial stages. there are lots of accusations. the british have announced they are sending chemical weapons testing kits to be able to verify what may have happened. it is clear that if either side used chemical weapons, it will be the game-changer, whether it's in terms of what the outside world is prepared to do against the regime of president or in how much support it gives the rebels. we are not there yet. we all have to sit back. the chal
with action. just as prime minister benjamin netanyahu appeared to do earlier on this trip. >> i'm absolutely convinced that the president determined to prevent iran from getting nuclear weapons. i appreciate that. >> it comes at a time when the stakes could not be any higher. with iran supreme leader today threatening to wipe two israeli cities off the map. if israel attacks first. >> they should know if they make this mistake, the islamic republic will raise tel aviv and haifa to the ground. >> israel was facing new threats from palestinian extremists, with four rockets raining down on the city. where mr. obama visited as a candidate in 2008. the roberts were fired from the hamas -- the rockets were fired from the hamas-controlled gaza strip, hours before mr. obama headed to the west bank to visit with palestinian president mahmoud abbas. yet on a trip that started with white house officials trying hard to lower expectations, mr. obama appeared to raise them. by suggesting that both sides could come back to the table. >> i absolutely believe it's still possible. but i think it's very diffic
during a joint press conference with prime minister benjamin netanyahu. >> my main goal on this trip has been to have an opportunity to speak directly to the israeli people at a time when obviously what was already a pretty tough neighborhood has gotten tougher. and let them know that they have got a friend in the united states. that we have your back. that we consider israel's security of extraordinary importance to us. >> mike: but the next day while speaking to a younger audience the president urged israelis to put themselves in the shoes of palestinians. >> it is not fair that a palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of their own. [ applause ] >> living their entire lives with the presence of a foreign army that controls the movements not just of those young people but their parents and grandparents every single day. >> mike: how did the visit go over with israelis? joining us is former israeli ambassador to the united nations and president of the the jerusalem center for public affairs. author of the rise of nuclear iran. hi, great to see you and really happy to have you back.
on everything. he was on the limited apology to turk yes. i think iran is a gut issue for benjamin netanyahu. and certainly having publicman more -- opinion more on his side can only help the president as he relates to the new government. so i would say that's the first part. and i think dennis and i agree. the policy summit -- these guys are going to be having something like four or five hours together. probably the most intense conversation of time that netanyahu and obama ever spent together. obama said there's no leader he has except more time with than than netanyahu. but each one has -- there's some sober expectations. they have been at this four years already. obama knows that netanyahu maybe doesn't have rabbi ins -- each one comes to the meeting with more sober expectations, and that could be a good thing, i think. i would say that -- from the israel side, my sense is that, i just thought i would lay out how i saw that conversation and lay out some other key points, sirra, lebanon, and the palestinian issue. on the iran issue, i think it's clear that the netanyahu people go in belie
fences with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu after the two leaders sparred over expansion of jewish settlements and areas claimed by the palestinians. on the trip mr. obama will head to the palestinian authority for a meeting with president mahmoud abbas. >> this reflects a deep commitment by president obama to see the limitation of the two state solution. >> reporter: not everyone there is happy the president is coming. some protesters in bethlehem burned ape poster of mr. obama. the president rounds off his trip with a stop in jordan for a meeting g meeting. administration officials have set low expectations for the trip saying there will be no major announcements of a breakthrough in the israeli-palestinian peace process. >>> the mayor of kansas city missouri, was in the middle of delivering his state of the city address when a man shoved him, and grabbed the microphone. he managed to shout obscenities, slammed the mayor before police tackled him out. eyewitnesses say he scuffled with the officers for ten minutes backstage before he was finally escor
. the president's position on peace, the president tried to get them to the table, benjamin netanyahu has been demanding, palestinians demand he stopped settlement construction. the president said he wants them back at the table and didn't accept the precondition idea. he moved a little on the netanyahu way. from the white house perspective, it is difficult. you covered it more than 30 years. he may have raised hopes too high. from the white house perspective, you have to say it was picture perfect. >> what was the reaction, jessica, on the ground. you went to the jerusalem convention center where he spoke to several thousand young israelis. what was the reaction you felt and saw? >> they were moved, moved by the president's speech and a little surprised, wolf. the criticism by israelis of the president has been that he lectures them too often, on an emotional level doesn't understand why jews in israel feel so fiercely they have to act early in self defense in many instances. for the first time, many of those critics felt he understood because he connected it to his own experience as an afric
. personally with benjamin netanyahu, in a bigger sense with the whole nation and he seemed to tilt away from the palestinians and toward the israelis, he's no longer going to insist that israel stop the creation, or the construction of settlements as a pre-condition to peace talks. so, you know, it may be a b, b-plus, no great accomplishment, but certainly an okay trip. >> clayton: to elaborate on that point, was this an overtly pro-israel trip? pressure on syria, pressure on iran standing with israel or did you see it differently? >> in terms of syria and iran shall the president has been opposed to those two regimes for a long time, but in terms of where he comes down on the issues separating the israelis and palestinians, he's tilted as opposed to the first term, towards the palestinians and israelis. in a personal sense, it was a charm offensive between himself and benjamin netanyahu. and the fact he was going to get him there to the prime minister and the aid on the ship that was trying to break the israeli blockade three years ago, that was a significant event. >> jesse: and chris, you
to the middle east since taking office. he'll arrive in israel on wednesday to meet with prime minister benjamin netanyahu. topic one, the threat of a nuclear iran. the president will also travel to the west bake for talks with palestinian authority president e emamannious and he'll make a 24-hour stop in jordan before flying home. >>> tomorrow republicans will kick off an effort to attract new voters and reform way they choose their white house nominee. cnn's political editor is paul sustain hauser and he's here. good to see you, my friend. >> not on the campaign trail. >> republican party chairman reince priebus offered a preview of the plan this morning let's take a look at what he said, and then we'll talk. >> it will include hundreds of people, paid across the country from coast to coast, in hispanic, african-american, asian communities, talking about our party, talking about our brand, talking about what we believe in, going to community events, going to swearing-in ceremonies, being a part of the community on an ongoing basis, paid for by the republican national committee, to make the cas
. >> president obama's relationship with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu soured over the course of the four years. open disagreements over those israeli settlements and borders. >> we believe the borders of israel and palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swats. >> my israel is prepared to make generous compromises for peace, it cannot go back to the 1967 lines. because these lines are indefensible. >> netanyahu lectured the president in the oval office at that event. the low point of their personal relationship. the erosion of trust between the two leaders was just one in a series of events which derailed the president's quest for first term peace. in the arab spring a major disruption as israel lost its most important arab ally, egyptian president hosni mubarak. most effective player in getting palestinians to the table. clashes between israel and hamas and gaz za in november of last year ended in a fragile cease fire. hamas which is u.s. considers a terrorist organization emerged stronger with the palestinians deeply divided between the palestinian
. and the relationship with prime minister benjamin netanyahu has been frayed a little bit. so it's an important reinforcement, symbolic visit. but i think the president's also going to talk about a middle east peace package. about laying the groundwork for that. he's going to meet with the palestinians. he's going to meet with the king of jordan. push, i think, the israeli people in that direction. so it's more than symbolism. it's reinforcing a very strong relationship. we have to talk to israel about what's happening in syria, the iran situation. so on many fronts it's a useful, positive trip but no big break. >> especially when it comes to geopolitical relationships here's what president obama had to say last week on his radio tv with his relationship with bebe netanyahu. >> we've got a terrific relationship. he's very blunt with me on issues, and i'm very blunt with him about issues and we get stuff done. >> blunt? the trip is going to highlight talks with netanyahu. but the speech in jerusalem, more to be done with visiting with mahmoud abbas as well. could this be obama helping to set up
minister benjamin netanyahu as business-like. the president's first visit to israel as commander-in-chief begins tomorrow. presenting him with a chance to turn up the charm in tel aviv and jerusalem. this week gives president obama and prime minister netanyahu the opportunity to show the world their relationship has room to grow. and both men are ready to take positive steps for the region. florida congresswoman debby wasserman-schultz chairs the democratic national committee, is in israel and joins me now. >> thanks, luke. >> there's criticism thrown at president obama, even from prominent jewish democrats, the latd ed koch, who said president obama had let the very important relationship with israel deteriorate. as one of the highest-ranking jewish democrats in the united states. how important is it for president obama to have a successful visit in israel? >> the late ed koch endorsed president obama's re-election. this is an important opportunity to reaffirm and celebrate the incredible and historic relationship that the united states and israel have. president obama will trav
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-election. tomorrow he'll met with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. topping the agenda, iran's nuclear ambitions. on thursday the president will tour the west bank and meet with mahmoud abbas, president of the palestinian authority. then friday it's on to jordan for meetings with king abdullah before returning back to washington on saturday. we'll be right back. [ engine sputters ] [ dennis ] allstate wants everyone to be protected on the road. whether you're an allstate customer or not. all you have to do is call. [ female announcer ] call and sign up for good hands roadside assistance today. [ dennis ] are you in good hands? >>> welcome back to "hardball." of all the ways the iraq war was sold to the american people under false pretense, one of the most galling was we could win this war on the cheap both in lives and in treasure. a new report from brown university, the cost of war study, proves just how wrong that early promise was. the cost in lives was of course overwhelming and far more than predicted. in total, more than 190,000 people lost their lives due to the war. 70% of them
trappings of a state visit. joking with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu that it was good to get away from congress the president reaffirmed what he called the unbreakable bond between the two nations. a sentiment that was roundly reciprocated. >> the people of islam welcome you with open heart. we deeply appreciate your friendship and we share your hope that the middle east will enjoy a future freedom, prosperity, and peace. >> i'm confident in declaring that our alliance is eternal. it is forever. >> and while relations between the president and prime minister have been described as tense, to say the least, on this trip the two appeared down right chummy. at this afternoon's joint presser the two of them even teamed up to take on the man now forever to be known as nbc's encouraincorrigible political d. >> another question i had for you is -- >> chuck, how many have you got? do you guys do this in the israeli press? you say you get one question? you see how the young lady from channel 1, she had one question? she was very well behaved, cluck? >> this is not a kosher question, bu
benjamin netanyahu and visited a tex sch show where israeli engineers showed them a snake-like contraption that shgoes in smal spaces and shows them what's going on in those small spaces. and he visited the and met with palestinian president abbas. that was all by lunchtime and then spoke at a convention center before an audience of more than 2,000 israelis. most of the audience was made up of college students but government officials and civil leaders in the audience. shortly after beginning his remarks, the president as i mentioned was heckled. he responded by saying the heckler made him feel right at home. one advantage of having, you lie, screamed at you during a speech during congress is heckling probably never rattles you again. the crowd give him standing ovation in response to the heckler and cheered with approval at this point in the speech. >> make no mistake, those who adhere to the ideologically of rejecting israel's right to exist, they might as well reject the earth beneath them or sky above because israel's not going anywher anywhere. >> it makes sense that these young israe
mahmoud abbas. the president then held one more scheduled meeting with benjamin netanyahu before taking that 35-minute flight to jordan. martin fletcher has the very latest on that 50-minute news conference that we all saw there. martin, let's start with the news conference. the president and king abdullah. they spent a great deal of time on what had been the dominant themes during the trip. iran, syria and the palestinian peace process. what struck you most from the news conference that we just saw? >> reporter: well, what struck me most, craig, in addition to the call for the desperately urgent need for a peace agreement, or the peace process between israel and the palestinians and the question of how to stop iran from developing a nuclear weapon. we've been hearing that for the last three days. what struck me as so significant was when king abdullah gave the number of how many syrian refugees have come across the border and are now being hosted in jordan in a refugee camp on the very close to the syrian border. 460,000 syrian refugees. he said that makes it the fifth largest town in
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